November 12th, 2013
02:05 PM ET
1 year ago

White House lowers Obamacare expectations amid lackluster reports

Washington (CNN) - The wait for Obamacare enrollment numbers is going to be a little bit longer. The Obama administration is expected to release them by the end of this week but has yet to say exactly when.

The administration is lowering expectations, cautioning the numbers "will be lower than we hoped and we anticipated," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

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  1. Donna

    The administration is lowering expectations, cautioning the numbers "will be lower than we hoped and we anticipated," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
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    FAILURE. It is what we have come to expect from the Obama administration and they never fail to disappoint.

    November 12, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    we've spent a month now listening to reports about how the website is broken and needs to be fixed. Enrollment numbers clearly reflect nothing other than that fact. While the MSM/GOP/Teatroll symbiote running around like a diaper-less 2 year old sporting his first oompahpah over these numbers was to be expected, there really isn't much of a story in these numbers at all. It was expected, is entirely related to the website's problems...not to mention the constant, unrelenting barrage of GOP/Teatroll demagoguery over the website and the MSM's assistance in helping the GOP/Teatrolls scare the public about it sans real informative reporting.

    November 12, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    As with Romneycare, the initial numbers were low and within a year, thousands were signed up. No different here. Sounds like you want the law to fail CNN.

    November 12, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    More to the point: how did the WSJ get its hands on the number of "834 transmissions" across the country? Seems likely they may have obtained some from some of the insurers and then extrapolated from there. Methodology questionable at best...not to mention Murdoch's involvement.

    350,000 via state based exchanges, not counting paper and telephone sign-ups. That's extremely good and, if taken as indicative of the number of enrollments to be expected on the federal exchange website once it is fixed, is cause for a lot of extreme concern and desperate flailing from the GOP/Teatrolls because it actually predicts success. Let the RWNJ flailing continue...

    November 12, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. just saying

    Sniffit
    350,000 via state based exchanges, not counting paper and telephone sign-ups
    -–

    even assuming your numbers are correct, weigh that number against the 3-4 million people that have had their health insurance policies cancelled thanks to obamacare. 10-1. pretty pathetic the american people have paid a massive price for almost no benefit. and will continue to do so.

    November 12, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. smith

    Just relaese the numbers already. Everybody knows already that they are dismal. Obama is going to have a full head of grey hair in the next year.

    November 12, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Instead of telling us the ACA is a failure and the numbers are down, why don't you try telling us what the GOP plans to offer in it's place? I'll continue to check this website for that answer but until then, don't keep telling ME it's not working when you offer ME no alternative to a so-called failure.

    November 12, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    This IS a poor effort by those who feel that Govt. can be the vessel to address man-made human woes. But, it is plain MEAN when Repub Govs. don't take FREE & later cheap Fed $ to insure their poor & sick because they HATE Obama. Or when the Conservative Orgs. try to kill Obamacare by DISCOURAGING young folks from being financially responsible for their health care by signing up for Obamacare. Really HATEFUL & shortsighted.

    November 12, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Do the math. 58,000+ per day.
    They need tens of thousands per day to hit the 7 million goal by the Ides of March, or even by the end of March for that matter.

    November 12, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. jerry

    why would anyone want to sign up for less insurance and more premiums...and all the while when the govt is forcing them to do so? Why not just drop the insurance and self fund, make payments to the providers, save the premiums and etc..? If it costs 18K a year that adds up in a savings account, and any provider would not mind getting 18K a year in payments...would they?

    November 12, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The only reason that Republicans have put forth the idea of legislating a postponement is because they think that the administration would never agree to it. So, do the unexpected and agree to a vote on it. Having more time would be in the administration's long term best interests, but horrific for the short term. Once Republicans figure out the long term price that they'll pay for an extension, [ a fully functional, and operating death star ], they'll withdraw their support for a delay.

    November 12, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Boomer in Mo

    How does the GOP plan to get the free-riders, as Romney called them, off my back? I pay my insurance and medical bills and am tired of them being 30 to 300% higher than they should be because deadbeats show up in the emergency room and a FEDERAL law, passed under Saint REAGAN, lets them get care they never pay for.

    November 12, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Babyboomer

    This is not news. When websites have problems a backlog occurs. Every been stuck in traffic and by the time you get to the accident site the road ahead is almost completely clear? Once the log jam breaks, the numbers will go up quickly. As for our young people, I strongly suggest they get some kind of insurance. Good health isn't promised to any of us and it's surely not based on age alone. Better to be safe then sorry...

    November 12, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. love344

    high five @ sonny chapman

    November 12, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    It is a Law. USA needs.

    November 12, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    "3-4 million people that have had their health insurance policies cancelled thanks to obamacare"

    And you get these numbers where?

    @ Sniffit
    "how did the WSJ get its hands on the number of "834 transmissions" across the country? Seems likely they may have obtained some from some of the insurers and then extrapolated from there. Methodology questionable at best...not to mention Murdoch's involvement. "
    tapping people's cell phones maybe? They did it in Britain.
    Right wing whacko world- where it is quite allright for a foreign billionaire to tap private citizen's phones (and even British royalty), but if America's security forces collect data regarding how many times someone called osama bin laden on his personal cell, then they are all outraged.
    Right wing whacko world....

    November 12, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Data Driven

    In other news, I enjoyed some ice cold Red Stripe at a cookout this weekend.

    Sad to see the Administration itself buying into right-wing memes. Why are Dems so wimpy?

    Ugh.

    November 12, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "even assuming your numbers are correct, weigh that number against the 3-4 million people that have had their health insurance policies cancelled thanks to obamacare"

    My number is correct and it is cited in the article THAT YOU OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T READ. The state based exchanges are able to report how many enrollments they are getting because they are working. Contrast this to the WSJ reporting on numbers for the federal website based on extrapolating them from "834 transmissions"...something also explained in the article that you didn't read. Since you didn't read the article, again, I'm done responding to you in this thread unless I feel the need to correct more of your lies. Please proceed...

    Oh, and what CNN appears to be leaving out, for obvious reasons, is the number of people who have been able to get Medicaid under the expansion. Why report a far larger number of positives when it might harm the negative narrative that's been so carefully cultivated in the MSM? No no...best to focus on smaller numbers that can be painted as horrible in this situation.

    November 12, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. tom l

    This IS a poor effort by those who feel that Govt. can be the vessel to address man-made human woes. But, it is plain MEAN when Repub Govs. don't take FREE & later cheap Fed $

    Ahhh, this comment is so fantastic as it completely gets into the mind of a liberal. Money is not "FREE and later cheap" (whatever the heck "later cheap" means). this is the mind of the liberal who believes that money does grow on trees and we can just print more. So insightful. "Free money" Awesome.

    As my govt teacher taught me many, many years ago "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch!"

    November 12, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. tom l

    Oh, and what CNN appears to be leaving out, for obvious reasons, is the number of people who have been able to get Medicaid under the expansion

    Classic. So more and more people on Medicaid while the solution to those more people was to have healthy 20 and 30 year olds pay for it. Your deception is awesome. You conveniently highlight the less important number that is bigger to make us think that the ACA is working but the only way for it to truly work is to get the 20 and 30 years olds to sign up which hasn't happened yet. Sure, it's early. But you're asking a group of people to pay for something that hey haven't in the past and probably don't see much use in other than to fortify the huge expansion of Medicaid recipients. Fantastic.

    November 12, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Sad to see the Administration itself buying into right-wing memes. Why are Dems so wimpy?

    I agree Data. This is one of the reasons I and many of my family members became independents. Democrats could barely wait for the president to be elected in his first term before they started deserting him. Disgusting. While none of us would vote republican, we could no longer whole-heartedly support a party this weak. As you said, why are they so wimpy?

    November 12, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Ahhh, this comment is so fantastic as it completely gets into the mind of a liberal. Money is not "FREE and later cheap" (whatever the heck "later cheap" means). "

    He was referring to the fact that states agreeing to expand Medicaid receive 100% funding for it from the federal gov't for the first three years and then, after that, 90% funding for it from the federal gov't until 2022. Being ever so informed, as you like to pretend to be, you no doubt picked up on what he was really trying to say, but just couldn't resist pretending you didn't and instead ranting your favorite little canard about liberals thinking money grows on trees. Well, as far as the states expanding Medicaid should be concerned, the costs of the expansion aren't directly their problem until 2022 (and no doubt beyond that when federal funding gets extended in some fashion), so in that sense, yes, it's virtually "free" from their perspective. The only "costs" will be that it contributes to the success of the ACA, less poor people die from lack of insurance and more poor people might be thankful and vote for those who helped make sure their families have insurance and access to medical care...costs the red state GOP/Teatrolls aren't willing to bear.

    November 12, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    "As my govt teacher taught me many, many years ago "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch!"

    Too bad they didn't put in the effort to actually teach you any government. You might have had your English teacher point out to you that your overuse of superfluous words such as 'fantastic' and 'fascinating' don't make you sound smarter; just pompous- remember your hero romney and his use of the word- 'marvelous'

    The state of public education these days...

    November 12, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    Hey Tom, from a pure economic point, what is your solution to the Health Care Crisis in this Country? It's gonna break us if we don't do something. Medical Malpractice Reform, Health Savings Accts.by folks who have trouble paying rent & car notes? It's an economic problem & also a Social Justice problem. If the folks who've done so well since Reagan told them that it was ok to turn your back on the less fortunate don't pitch in, there won't be a Middle Class anymore.

    November 12, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    P.S. Tom- where were you when W. started 2 wars & paid for them on a credit card?

    November 12, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |